Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Gastonia, NC - Born & raised in Connecticut - 31 years
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And don't spin that engine too high - no 4.11 gearing as RPM's will kill it.
OK, now my OPINION on your car resto-mod.
Your 1972 becomes transformed into what should have been built by the factory - or some independent dealership.
Your car will become a GT-37 Formula. There was a car in my area that was a factory 1971 Lemans GT-37. I talked with the owner, a kid younger than me, and I was 20. His car came from California and it was clean. Black, GT-37, GT gold body stripes, 1970-1972 wing spoiler (probably was ordered that way), 4sp, white interior, factory rally II's. Not sure on the engine. Here is the thing that made that car. Out in California, someone had grafted the 1972 style Firebird Formula hood scoops to the hood -it looked badass standing still.
So, I always wanted to reproduce that car, but give it a factory build look. To your car add:
Car goes back to solid black -no metallic.
GT-37 letters on the front fender just where the 1968 "GTO" letters would have gone. Below the GT-37 add the "Formula" emblem for the Firebird. Don't use the "400" or "455" that is attached to the Formula emblem as it will be too much and look cluttered, you want the word "Formula" to balance out the GT-37 emblem above it.
Add the correct gold body stripe (full length, not the "eyebrow" type -they repro this).
Add the rear deck spoiler - 1970 Judge style, painted black.
Front bumper blacked out to match the body- like the GTO
Grille -medium/dark grey to contrast with the black behind the bumper and not get lost. Small "Formula" emblem in the grille.
Steel wheels, 8" stock looking - paint black. A set of the factory style "poverty" hub caps (which they reproduce), white lettered tires
FIREBIRD FORMULA twin hood scoops positioned as Firebird had 'em. This was a fiberglass hood and you probably won't be able to locate one junky enough to cut up and glass.bond onto your Lemans hood. But, you could get some dimensions and use a little imagination to shape the correct sized scoops and fit them to your hood -everything smoothed to loo factory.
BTW. The car disappeared. I ran into the owner one day and asked him about the car. He lost control of the car and put it into a tree and totaled it. What a shame. Still want a 1971-'72 Lemans with the Formula hood scoops for myself someday.